Mondays with Elisabeth

While reading Elisabeth’s journal you will find  a prayer that she wrote for the virtue of hope.  Something that we all need to hold on to in our daily lives, if you take time each day to truly see that God Our Father has truly given us many gifts to get us through our challenges each and every day, we just need to ask for them!

“Prayer to Ask of God the Virtue of Hope”

My God, who has allowed us human hope,
but who alone obtains Christian and 
supernatural hope, grant, I beseech You, by 
Your grace, this virtue to my soul, to the souls 
of all I love, and to all Christian souls.  Let it 
enlighten and transform our lives, our suffering, and 
even our death, and let it uphold in us, through
the disappointment and sadness of each day, an
inner strength and unalterable serenity.

~ Elisabeth Leseur ~ 

“Mondays with Elisabeth”

Holiness found while living in the world?  Not an easy task is it?  I know for myself it can be very difficult but if I take the time to truly pray and unite my heart to Christ somehow it becomes lighter/easier.  To live in the world but not become filled with the spirit of worldliness can only be done with prayer and time spent with Christ Jesus on a daily occasion.  This is what Elisabeth found in her path toward holiness.  She sought the one who was calling out her name in the midst of her deepest sufferings and she finally gave in to the desires of His heart and not her own.  

As I read page 7 of “My Spirit Rejoices”  the title of the reflection is called “Elisabeth sought holiness while living in the world”:  Renunciation, detachment, voluntary poverty, dislike of the wold, sacrifice and forgetfulness of self, acceptance of suffering, and utmost charity toward God and neighbor are the theme of each one of these pages.. 

How can we learn to grow in this holiness as Elisabeth?

Maybe if we could take time to reflect upon the pages that we read, we will also discover something about ourselves.  Ask her to befriend you today and each day that you discover another Monday with Elisabeth.  I hope you will take the journey along with me as she is teaching me many things each day, I’d love to share this with you.